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The Wise Shall Understand

And he [the messenger from God] said, Go thy way, Daniel: for the words [the prophecies recorded in the Book of Daniel] are closed up and sealed till the time of the end. Many shall be purified, and made white, and tried; but the wicked shall do wickedly: and none of the wicked shall understand; but the wise shall understand.” (Dan. 12:9-10)

Excerpt: from the Conclusion of Daniel Unsealed

“This book has fully interpreted the chrono-specific predictive prophecies revealed to the prophet Daniel and recorded for posterity in the Book of Daniel. The interpretations presented herein match recorded history exactly.

Now that you have read the interpretations for yourself, you may still have some reservations, perhaps feeling that the chrono-historical approach used to develop the interpretations is a bit too technical and temporal sounding to be spiritual. Or, you may be questioning whether projecting fulfillment of Hebrew prophecy into modern times is a valid extension. Or, you may simply be having a normal precautionary reaction to what you consider to be an approach that is new and unorthodox. Whatever the case, I can empathize. At one time, I also favored the traditional interpretive approaches used in commentaries authored by established Danielic scholars—works that rely almost exclusively on criticism while downplaying or ignoring chronology altogether, or that are limited to a mainly devotional focus. Taking a fresh look at the prophecies from a chrono-historical perspective, and allowing for modern-day fulfillment of biblical prophecy, required a deliberate departure from tradition on my part. I first had to set aside my biases favoring conventional interpretive approaches before I could begin to see the Danielic prophecies for what they really are, namely, chrono-specific predictive prophecies that are intended to explain the history of the Jews, Jerusalem, and the Anointed One of Israel. Once I embraced that reality, the prophecies began to yield to understanding.

After the prophecies were understood, the next challenge became that of deciding how best to explain the new interpretations, whether to compare them to older traditional interpretations, thus giving them hermeneutic context, or to present them as novel interpretations standing on their own. I chose the latter approach, primarily to avoid having to include synopses and critiques of the most quoted scholarly expositions of Daniel in vogue today, commentaries which I consider to have been written primarily by scholars trying their best to avoid admitting any possibility of divine providence with respect to the prophecies and their fulfillments. The resulting freedom from having to deal with that error opened the way for clear interpretations of the prophecies, with precise fulfillments documented in history and without the usual academic equivocations. It was also decided that the interpretations of Daniel’s chrono-specific prophecies should be presented, not in the order in which they are set forth in the Bible, but in the order in which I had been given to understand them. By rearranging the biblical order of presentation, the path of interpretation traveled from one prophecy to the next could be recreated for you to follow. Ultimately, though, I knew as I was writing down the explanations that the most that could be accomplished by me was to present the interpretations as clearly as humanly possible, then trust that God would open your eyes and ears to understand the prophecies in the same way that God had opened my eyes and ears when I first began the quest to know their meanings.

In the days to come, as you meditate on the interpretations of the chrono-specific predictive prophecies explained in this book, one important point should be reemphasized: I am not claiming that I unsealed the Danielic prophecies, although I may have been one of the earliest to recognize that the 1967 unsealing had happened, and perhaps the first to dare to say so in print. For the record, the prophecies had already been unsealed by God acting providentially through the recalled Jewish people in Israel (despite their unbelief) well before I began my research. By the time this exposition was begun, all I had to do to expound the prophecies was to match the events described in the prophecies with historical events, something relatively easy to do since all of the prophesied fulfillment events had occurred and were documented in history. It is also worth noting that the fulfillment of every major chrono-specific prophecy in Daniel has now been fully explained. That means that there are no things left unexplained, no predictions about future events waiting to happen. Apart from the resurrection of Daniel himself, an event implied at the end of the twelfth chapter, everything else prophesied in Daniel has now happened and can be so identified in history.

Of course, the interpretations set forth in this book, inasmuch as they fully explain the chrono-specific prophecies in Daniel by matching their biblical texts to events documented in history, constitute a challenge to the field of biblical eschatology. Bible-believing scholars (and, fortunately, there are still a few of them around) will need to reexamine basic assumptions about their sequence of end-time events, and do so without using a framework of future events from the Danielic prophecies to build upon. That process will be troubling for the most conservative eschatologists among us, especially when they realize that some of their more cherished eschatological assumptions may have to be adjusted as a result. For non-Bible-believing scholars (and, unfortunately, there are all too many of them around), the actuality of revelatory predictive prophecy validated by later fulfillment in history, a sure sign of the reality of divine providence, will now have to be incorporated into their supernatural-denying academic approaches to biblical exposition. Sadly, even with the overwhelming evidence provided by the Danielic prophecies and their fulfillments, admitting the concept of transcendence into the halls of academia may be considered too risky for those Bible scholars who choose to remain wise in the eyes of their peers.

As for Jewish scholars and religious professionals, the challenge offered by the new interpretations presented in this book will be even greater still. The chronological preciseness of the prophecy in Daniel, chapter 9, demands that serious consideration be given to the evidence that Jesus, in whose name Jews have been unjustly persecuted and killed for almost two-thousand years, was, is, and will again be the Anointed One foretold by Moses and the prophets in the Tanakh. Indeed, it is quite possible, even probable in my opinion, that the chrono-specific predictive prophecies in Daniel have been unsealed at this point in history especially for the edification of the Jewish people, to allow them to understand the Holy One of Israel in the manner that the Scriptures ordain that they will acknowledge and worship him at the time of the end.

In closing, I wish to thank you for allowing me to share my understanding of the seven chrono-specific predictive prophecies recorded in the Book of Daniel with you. My hope is that the insights about the prophecies proffered herein will prove to have been spiritually illuminating, and that, by helping you to better understand God’s faithfulness and steadfast love as evidenced through his most sure word of prophecy, your faith in his Word will have been increased, even to the point of belief if that was not already the case. The Bible promises that one who diligently seeks God, and perseveres in seeking him to the point of belief, will one day be rewarded with the gift of eternal life in his presence. Until that glorious day, God will freely bestow his earthly blessings, perhaps the greatest of which is that he will empower the believer to share the message of salvation and redemption through faith in him with a world that is desperately seeking to believe in something good and eternal and true.

Blessed be the name of God for ever and ever: for wisdom and might are his:
and he changeth the times and the seasons: he removeth kings, and setteth up kings:
he giveth wisdom unto the wise, and knowledge to them that know understanding:
he revealeth the deep and secret things: he knoweth what is in the darkness,
and the light dwelleth with him.
” ‒ Daniel 2:20-22

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